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6th European eAccessibility Forum
Putting eAccessibility at the core of information systems

26/03/2012, 9:00 - 18:00
Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Paris

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The promises of research

Pascal Guitton (Bordeaux)
pascal.guitton (at) inria.fr

Speaker's information

photo Pascal Guitton

Pascal Guitton has been INRIA research director since 2010. A computer science professor at Université Bordeaux 1 since 1992, he was the Inria Iparla (Bordeaux-Sud Ouest) project-team leader from 2003 and in charge of junior researchers within the research department from 2006. His PhD thesis was on the validation of communication protocols, and he is interested in computer graphics, virtual reality, and 3D interaction. He is chairman and a founding member of the French Virtual Reality Association, which brings together both academic and industrial players.



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Pascal Guitton proposed a reflection on what could be the e-accessibility forum in 5 or 10 years, devising the themes to be treated. He relied on research activities under way to see how they can contribute to reduce problems due to a disability.

However, "as researchers, we must remain humble and not believe that we can resolve everything quickly," he made sure to clarify. He also recalled that the main digital divide is between people who understand innovation and the majority of citizens who ignore it due to a lack of training.

He then mentioned that the research conducted by INRIA to close this gap takes into account all aspects related to the disability, whether it be upstream, with clinicians and physicians to better understand the causes and mechanisms that can lead to situations, and downstream with rehabilitation professionals.

He provided several examples of current research:

He concluded by stressing that many challenges are still ahead, a lot of research has to be conducted and that strong constraints are related to the acceptability by the people, and final cost of devices that must be affordable. He also recalled in conclusion that for an innovation to become a progress, it is necessary to involve people with disabilities, their families, practitioners and associations.




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